(Warning: Parents, it’s probably not a good idea to let your young children read the following, as some of it is unfortunately explicit in order to let you know what's been going on at Harvard.)
Well, hello again! Boy oh boy do I have plenty to talk about, but there is something in particular that deserves mention because it is so outrageous: a seminar on female orgasms. This event occurred at Harvard a little over a month ago, but I figure it is better late than never because people are still talking about it. Read here for an article about it in the Harvard Crimson, our daily newspaper. Here are a few excerpts:
“The presentation straddled several topics, ranging from a detailed anatomical tour (using a large velvet hand puppet) to a story about demonstrating female ejaculation for a crowd of awed gynecologists to an anecdote involving hands-free orgasms and a magnetic resonance imaging machine.”
“Event staff members handed out hundreds of free condoms, dental dams, and packets of lubrication. At the end of the night, Airs gave out prizes, including vibrators, books of erotica, and a rubber duck.”
“ ‘I’m trying to get across that it’s okay, whatever “it” is for them,’ Airs [the seminar leader] said. ‘Masturbation is okay, orgasming is okay...using sex toys is okay. That’s pretty much it, just giving people permission.’ ”
Someone please enlighten me as to what the rubber duck is for. Actually, on second thought, please don’t! Anyway, as you can tell, this seminar generated a lot of buzz on campus—people were actually turned away at the door of the large-capacity room. I really wanted to be a fly on the wall there, but unfortunately a mandatory meeting prevented me from attending. Here is what I would like to pose to the seminar leader and event organizers:
1) Do you think there are any negative consequences of so openly promoting sex among college students?
2) Do you ever think or talk about sex in terms of not just pleasure but also love and the incredible commitment needed between the two (hopefully married) people engaging in it?
3) While you seem to be of the opinion that enjoyment of sex liberates women, do you think that women are at all objectified by a culture that is so focused on sex as "no big deal"?
4) When handing out all those free condoms, did you acknowledge that abstinence is the safest way to prevent STDs?
All I can say is that I’m kicking myself for not submitting an op-ed to the Crimson denouncing this "seminar." The event has come and passed, but I can guarantee you that it will happen again next year and I will be ready and waiting!